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Cedarwood Essential Oil & It's Benefits:

January 31, 2017

Cedarwood Essential Oil & It's Benefits:

Cedarwood  Juniperus virginiana

 

With properties that help to soothe the mind and body, the warm, woody scent of Cedarwood essential oil promotes a relaxing environment when used topically or aromatically. 

 

 

 

Description

Known for its rich hue and warm, woody scent, Cedarwood essential oil provides a myriad of benefits. It is native to cold climates, thriving in high altitudes and growing up to 100 feet. Reminiscent of its size and strength, Cedarwood has a grounding aroma that evokes feelings of wellness and vitality. When applied topically, Cedarwood has clarifying properties. Additionally, Cedarwood is frequently used in massage therapy to relax and soothe the mind and body.

Uses

  • After a difficult day, diffuse to create a relaxing environment.
  • During your facial routine, add one to two drops.
  • Place a drop on a cotton ball and place in closet to keep moths at bay.

Directions for Use

Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice, or apply topically.

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Pepperoni Pizza Sliders

January 31, 2017

Pepperoni Pizza Sliders:

Pepperoni Pizza Sliders

These are a guaranteed hit with family and friends! So buttery, so cheesy and so easy to make (can be made ahead of time too!).

Ingredients:

  • 1 (12-count) package KING’S HAWAIIAN Original Hawaiian Sweet  Dinner Rolls, halved lengthwise
  • 1 1/2 cups pizza sauce
  • 1 (5-ounce) package mini pepperonis
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

For the garlic butter topping

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly oil a baking sheet or coat with nonstick spray.
  2. To make the garlic butter topping, whisk together butter, Parmesan, parsley, garlic powder, oregano and salt in a small bowl; set aside.
  3. Place bottom half of dinner rolls onto the prepared baking sheet. Top with pizza sauce, mini pepperonis, cheese and top of dinner rolls. Brush with half of the garlic butter topping.
  4. Place into oven and bake until the cheese has melted, about 10-12 minutes.
  5. Serve immediately, brushed with remaining garlic butter topping.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Servings Per Container 12

Amount Per Serving
Calories 229.5 Calories from Fat 116.1
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12.9g 20%
Saturated Fat 7.6g 38%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 57.5mg 19%
Sodium 657.7mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 19.1g 6%
Dietary Fiber 0.5g 2%
Sugars 6.7g
Protein 11.9g 24%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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Sheet Pan Bruschetta Chicken

January 31, 2017

Sheet Pan Bruschetta Chicken:

Sheet Pan Bruschetta Chicken

A sheet pan dinner without any of the fuss! Just top with fresh tomatoes right before serving! Easy, quick, and refreshing!

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 16 ounces baby red potatoes, halved
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into 4 slices

For the bruschetta

  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup basil leaves, chiffonade
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly oil a baking sheet or coat with nonstick spray.
  2. To make the bruschetta, combine tomatoes, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic and basil in a medium bowl; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Set aside.
  3. Season chicken with salt and pepper, to taste. Place chicken in a single layer onto one side of the prepared baking sheet.
  4. Place potatoes onto the opposite side of the prepared baking sheet in a single layer. Add olive oil, garlic, thyme, oregano, basil and Parmesan; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Gently toss to combine.
  5. Place into oven and bake until the chicken is cooked through and the potatoes are golden brown and crisp, about 20-25 minutes. Top chicken with mozzarella during the last 10 minutes of cooking time.
  6. Serve immediately, topped with bruschetta.

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Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese

January 31, 2017

Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese:

Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese

Everyone’s favorite jalapeño poppers made into the most epic grilled cheese. Made in a waffle maker! EASY and no mess!

Ingredients:

  • 4 jalapeños, trimmed and halved lengthwise
  • 8 slices bacon
  • 8 slices whole wheat bread
  • 4 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to broil.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place jalapeños onto the prepared baking sheet, cut side down. Place into oven and roast just until the skin has blackened, about 6-8 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool before peeling off the skin.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add bacon and cook until brown and crispy, about 6-8 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
  4. Preheat a waffle iron to medium-high heat. Lightly oil the top and bottom of the waffle iron or coat with nonstick spray.
  5. With a butter knife, spread cream cheese on one side of each slice of bread. Working in batches, place slices, cream cheese side up,  into the waffle iron. Top with jalapeños, bacon, cheese and remaining bread slices, cream cheese side down. Close gently and cook until golden brown and crisp, about 3-4 minutes.
  6. Serve immediately.

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Homemade Crunch Wrap Supremes:

January 31, 2017

Homemade Crunch Wrap Supremes:

Homemade Crunch Wrap Supreme

A complete copycat version from Taco Bell! Except completely homemade and made so much more healthier! Get your fix now!

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 (1.25-ounce) package taco seasoning
  • 4 (12-inch) flour tortillas
  • 1/2 cup nacho cheese
  • 4 tostada shells
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups shredded lettuce
  • 1 Roma tomato, diced
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese

Directions:

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add ground beef and cook until beef has browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the beef as it cooks; stir in taco seasoning. Drain excess fat; set aside.
  2. Heat tortillas according to package instructions.
  3. Heat nacho cheese according to package instructions.
  4. Working one at a time, place ground beef mixture in the center of each tortilla. Top with nacho cheese and tostada shell. Spread sour cream in an even layer over the tostada shell; top with lettuce, tomato and cheese. Repeat with remaining tortillas.
  5. Fold the edges up and over the center. Continue to work your way around the tortilla, folding as tight as possible.
  6. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet. Place wrap seam-side down and cook until the underside is golden brown, about 2 minutes. Flip and cook wrap on the other side, about 1-2 minutes longer.
  7. Serve immediately.

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Delicious Slow Cooker Beef Stew

January 31, 2017

Delicious Slow Cooker Beef Stew:

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 pounds stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 pound baby red potatoes, quartered
  • 4 carrots, cut diagonally into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds, optional
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

Directions:

  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Season beef with salt and pepper, to taste. Add beef to the skillet and cook until evenly browned, about 2-3 minutes.
  3. Place beef, potatoes, carrots, onion and garlic into a 6-qt slow cooker. Stir in beef broth, tomato paste, Worcestershire, thyme, rosemary, paprika, caraway seeds and bay leaves until well combined; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. Cover and cook on low heat for 7-8 hours or high heat for 3-4 hours.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together flour and 1/2 cup stew broth. Stir in flour mixture into the slow cooker. Cover and cook on high heat for an additional 30 minutes, or until thickened.
  6. Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Servings Per Container 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories 332.4 Calories from Fat 105.3
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11.7g 18%
Saturated Fat 3.8g 19%
Trans Fat 0.7g
Cholesterol 77.4mg 26%
Sodium 277.9mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 19.5g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2.6g 10%
Sugars 4.1g
Protein 35.5g 71%
 

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Homestyle 16 Bean & Ham Soup:

January 31, 2017

Homestyle 16 Bean & Ham Soup:

Ingredients
  1. 2 cups dried beans - 16 Mixed Bean Mix, Great Northern or Navy Beans
  2. 4 cups water
  3. 4 cups chicken stock
  4. 1 ham hock or ham bone
  5. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  6. 2 tablespoons butter
  7. 1 cup chopped sweet onion
  8. 1 cup chopped celery
  9. 2 cups chopped carrots
  10. 2 packets of Goya Ham Flavored Concentrate (optional)
  11. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  12. 2 teaspoons black pepper
  13. 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  14. 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  15. 3 bay leaves
Instructions
  1. Rinse and remove any discolored beans in cold water.
  2. In a large stock pot soak 2 cups of dried beans in 6 cups of cold water for 12 hours.
  3. After the 12 hours rinse the beans and add 6 cups of fresh cold water.
  4. Heat to boiling and then shut the heat off and let sit covered for 2 hours.
  5. After the two hours, rinse the beans again and set aside.
  6. Chop 2 cups of carrots, 1 cup of celery, 1 cup of onions, and 3 garlic cloves.
  7. In the stock pot add 2 tablespoons of oil, two tablespoons of butter and chopped vegetables. Saute for 15 minutes.
  8. Add beans, ham hock, 4 cups of water, 4 cups of chicken stock, and seasonings to the stock pot.
  9. Bring soup to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, and simmer for 2 hours or until beans are tender.
  10. Before serving cut ham off the bone and discard the bone, remove the bay leaves.
  11. Enjoy with a slice of fresh homemade bread.

 

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Sheet Pan Nachos

January 31, 2017

Sheet Pan Nachos:

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef*
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (1.25-ounce) package taco seasoning
  • 12 ounces tortilla chips
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup corn kernels, frozen, canned or roasted
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 Roma tomato, diced
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1 jalapeno, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly oil a baking sheet or coat with nonstick spray.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add ground beef and garlic, and cook until beef has browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the beef as it cooks; stir in taco seasoning. Drain excess fat.
  3. Place tortilla chips in a single layer onto the prepared baking sheet. Top with ground beef mixture, black beans, corn and cheeses.
  4. Place into oven and bake until heated through and the cheese melts, about 5-6 minutes.
  5. Serve immediately, topped with tomato, onion, jalapeno, sour cream and cilantro.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Servings Per Container 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories 493.0 Calories from Fat 232.2
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 25.8g 40%
Saturated Fat 9.6g 48%
Trans Fat 0.2g
Cholesterol 58.6mg 20%
Sodium 1071.2mg 45%
Total Carbohydrate 44.1g 15%
Dietary Fiber 7.4g 30%
Sugars 2.0g
Protein 24.3g 49%

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One Pot Honey Garlic Chicken & Vegetables:

January 31, 2017

One Pot Honey Garlic Chicken & Vegetables:

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 16 ounces baby red potatoes, halved
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 24 ounces broccoli florets*
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly oil a baking sheet or coat with nonstick spray.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together 2 tablespoons olive oil, butter, honey, brown sugar, Dijon, garlic, oregano and basil; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Set aside.
  3. Place potatoes in a single layer onto the prepared baking sheet. Drizzle with remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Add chicken in a single layer and brush each chicken breast with honey mixture.
  4. Place into oven and roast until the chicken is completely cooked through, reaching an internal temperature of 165 degrees F, about 25-30 minutes.* Stir in broccoli during the last 10 minutes of cooking time. Then broil for 2-3 minutes, or until caramelized and slightly charred.
  5. Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Servings Per Container 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 519.1 Calories from Fat 174.6
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19.4g 30%
Saturated Fat 5.9g 30%
Trans Fat 0.3g
Cholesterol 113.3mg 38%
Sodium 193.5mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 43.6g 15%
Dietary Fiber 2.3g 9%
Sugars 16.5g
Protein 45.6g 91%
 

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One Pot Stuffed Pepper Casserole!

January 31, 2017

One Pot Stuffed Pepper Casserole!

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef*
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 (14.5-ounce) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 (4-ounce) can diced green chiles
  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 cup beef broth*
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 cup shredded Wisconsin cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Wisconsin Monterey Jack cheese

Directions:

  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add ground beef, onion and garlic. Cook until beef has browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the beef as it cooks; drain excess fat.
  2. Stir in bell peppers until tender, about 3-4 minutes
  3. Stir in tomatoes, green chiles, rice, beef broth, chili powder and cumin; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer until rice is cooked through, about 16-18 minutes. Stir in cilantro.
  4. Remove from heat and top with cheeses. Cover until cheese has melted, about 2 minutes.
  5. Serve immediately.

 

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Servings Per Container 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories 451.3 Calories from Fat 182.7
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20.3g 31%
Saturated Fat 9.5g 48%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 69.4mg 23%
Sodium 532.0mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 42.5g 14%
Dietary Fiber 6.3g 25%
Sugars 4.8g
Protein 23.8g 48%
 

 

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Vegetable Kabobs!

January 31, 2017

Vegetable Kabobs!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cremini mushrooms
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into chunks
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut into chunks
  • 1 red onion, cut into chunks
  • 1 zucchini, sliced into thick rounds
  • 1 yellow zucchini, sliced into thick rounds

For the marinade

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, oregano and basil; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Thread mushrooms, tomatoes, bell peppers, onion and zucchini onto skewers. Place skewers onto a baking sheet. Brush olive oil mixture onto the skewers and let sit for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Place into oven and roast until tender, about 10-12 minutes.*
  5. Serve immediately.

 

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Servings Per Container 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories 127.0 Calories from Fat 85.5
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9.5g 15%
Saturated Fat 1.4g 7%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 11.1mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 10.0g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2.3g 9%
Sugars 5.5g
Protein 2.4g 5%
 
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Sriracha Caramel Corn!

January 27, 2017

Sriracha Caramel Corn!

This is the perfect balance of crunchy, sweet, caramel perfection with a wonderful kick of subtle heat!

Sriracha Caramel Corn

Prep time :
0:15
Bake/Cook time :
0:45
Yield :
6 cups
 
 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup packed Imperial Sugar Light Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha, or more, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 6 cups popcorn

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 250°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
  2. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium high heat. Stir in brown sugar, corn syrup and salt. Without stirring, bring to a boil for 4 minutes. Remove from heat and add Sriracha, vanilla and baking soda.
  3. In a large bowl, combine popcorn and brown sugar mixture until evenly coated.
  4. Spread popcorn onto prepared baking sheet in an even layer. Place into oven and bake for 45 minutes, stirring in 15 minute intervals.
  5. Let cool completely before serving.

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Vetiver Essential Oil and its Benefits:

January 27, 2017

Vetiver Essential Oil and its Benefits!!!!

With a unique, exotic aroma, Vetiver is known to provide a calming, grounding effect on emotions—making it ideal for massage therapy and promoting restful sleep.*

 

 

Description

Vetiver, a member of the grass family, is grown for many reasons. Unlike other grasses, the root system of Vetiver grows down, making it ideal for helping to prevent erosion and providing soil stabilization. Vetiver has a rich, exotic, complex aroma that is used extensively in perfumes. Due to Vetiver’s calming, grounding effect on the emotions, it is an ideal oil to use in massage therapy. It can also be rubbed on the feet before bedtime to promote a restful night’s sleep. When taken internally, Vetiver can support a heathy immune system.*

Uses

  • Add 1–2 drops to tea or hot drinks during winter time to promote immune-supporting properties*.
  • Use as a massage oil to calm emotions.
  • Take a warm bath with a few drops of Vetiver essential oil for deep relaxation.
  • Diffuse with Lavender, doTERRA Serenity®, or doTERRA Balance® to calm emotions and lessen stress.
  • Use a toothpick to help get the desired amount out of container if Vetiver is too thick to get out of the bottle. A little goes a long way.

Directions for Use

Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.

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The Gypsy Homestead Recipes

January 26, 2017

One Pot Chicken Ranch Pasta:

One Pot Chicken Ranch Pasta

This cheesy baked pasta comes together so effortlessly in ONE PAN, topped with crisp bacon. It just doesn’t get any better!

Ingredients:

  • 4 slices bacon, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup milk, or more, as needed
  • 1 1/2 cups leftover diced rotisserie chicken
  • 8 ounces rotini pasta
  • 1 (1-ounce) package Ranch Seasoning and Salad Dressing Mix
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

Directions:

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add bacon and cook until brown and crispy, about 6-8 minutes. Drain excess fat; reserving 1 tablespoon in the skillet. Transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined plate.
  2. Add garlic to the skillet and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes.
  3. Stir in chicken broth, milk, chicken, pasta and Ranch Seasoning; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until pasta is cooked through, about 15-16 minutes. If the mixture is too thick, add more milk as needed until desired consistency is reached.
  5. Remove from heat and top with cheese. Cover until cheese has melted, about 2 minutes.
  6. Serve immediately, garnished with bacon and parsley, if desired.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Servings Per Container 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 551.0 Calories from Fat 214.2
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23.8g 37%
Saturated Fat 10.5g 53%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 89.1mg 30%
Sodium 333.7mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 48g 16%
Dietary Fiber 1.9g 8%
Sugars 5.0g
Protein 34.8g 70%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
 
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Melaleuca (Tea Tree) Essential Oil and its Vast Benefits!

January 26, 2017

Melaleuca (Tea Tree) Essential Oil and its Vast Benefits!

 

 

Melaleuca, or Tea Tree oil, is best known for its purifying qualities, which make it useful for cleansing the skin and home surfaces, purifying the air, or promoting healthy immune function.

 

 

Description

More commonly known as “Tea Tree,” Melaleuca essential oil has over 92 different compounds and limitless applications. The leaves of the Melaleuca tree were used by the Aborigines of Australia for centuries. They would crush the leaves and inhale the oil to promote feelings of clear breathing and apply the leaves directly to the skin for a cooling effect. Melaleuca is best known for its purifying properties. It can be used to cleanse and purify the skin and nails and to support a healthy complexion. Taken internally, Melaleuca promotes healthy immune function*, and Melaleuca can be used on surfaces throughout the home to protect against environmental threats. Melaleuca is frequently used on occasional skin irritations to soothe the skin and diffusing Melaleuca will help purify and freshen the air.

Uses

  • For occasional skin irritations, apply 1–2 drops of Melaleuca essential oil onto affected area.
  • Add 1–2 drops to water, citrus drinks, or veggie caps to support healthy immune system function.*
  • Combine 1–2 drops with your facial cleanser for added cleansing properties, or apply to skin after shaving.
  • Apply to fingernails and toenails after showering to purify and keeps nails looking healthy.
  • Add a few drops to a spray bottle with water and use on surfaces to protect against environmental threats.

Directions for Use

Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.

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Health Benefits of Tea; Enjoy a Cup Today!

January 25, 2017

You already know that tea can improve your skin and help keep you fit and trim, but did you know that it also does amazing things for your health?

 

Tea has been around for millenia. Through that time, the Chinese have drunk it for everything from hangover prevention to weight control and common cold reduction. Now, modern scientific research has given us a much better insight into how tea improves health and to what benefit.  Essential Oils can also be added to a delicious cup of tea to provide even MORE health benefits!  Check out www.MyDoterra.com/GypsyMoon for the vast array of oils and their benefits! 

True tea, or that from the Camellia sinensis plant, includes white, green, oolong, black and pu-erh. All of them contain antioxidants, catechins, and polyphenols, which positively impact our bodies.

Let's dive into what the research shows.

1. Lowered cholesterol:

Media-favorite green tea was found to help lower cholesterol, both total serum cholesterol and LDL, according to a meta-study published June 2011 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Most sources suggest five cups per day will provide results, but multiple studies have shown that higher consumption leads to the biggest drop in cholesterol.

Tea is thought to work by inhibiting the absorption of cholesterol from the large intestine. Among the Chinese, pu-erh tea is the most renowned in its ability to lower cholesterol, though only minimal clinical research has investigated this traditional belief.

2. Blindness prevention

Since tea contains high levels of antioxidants, it is not surprising that studies have found them in eye tissue.. In fact, drinking tea can help to prevent the blindness caused by cataracts (the clouding of the lens inside the eye).

3. Reduced cortisol levels

Cortisol is the stress hormone that contributes to belly fat and makes your skin age quicker. One recent study suggested four cups of tea per day may make your cortisol levels spike less.

If you're looking to have cortisol levels drop back down to normal faster after a stressful event, a 2006 study suggested daily consumption of tea for six weeks will do just that (as compared to placebo).

Both studies found that tea consumption may reduce the impact of cortisol, thus slowing the aging process and preventing the widening of your mid-section.

4. Anti-inflammatory

Active compounds in tea can help to lower levels of inflammation and inflammatory reactions. According to Dr. Mark Hyman, inflammation is connected to almost every modern ailment, including arthritis, metabolic syndrome, and depression. Inflammation can also cause you to retain water and look puffy, so a few cups of tea can help you look and feel thinner.

Want a healthier heart? A 2007 study indicated the lower inflammation levels resulting from green tea consumption may help to protect against cardiovascular disease.

5. Increased memory, focus & concentration

Extensive research has shown that the combination of caffeine and L-Theanine, a naturally-occurring amino acid found in tea, improves reaction time and memory, while increasing focus and concentration (think of monks meditating).

Go for a cup of tea — perhaps white tea — before a meeting when you need to be sharp, or drink it during a test for increased concentration and focus.

6. Anti-allergen

With spring coming up, now is time to start searching for your favorite tea. Why? A 2007 Japanese study found that the tea polyphenol, EGCG, may be helpful for reducing pollen allergies. Tea may also reduce allergic response through quercetin, a flavonol naturally-occurring in tea, which is known to mitigate histamine response.

Yes, you can add locally produced honey to your tea to double-up the anti-allergy power.

7. Decreased risk of stroke

Drinking at least three cups of green or black tea per day results in a 21% reduction in the risk of ischemic stroke, according to 2009 meta-study. Start your tea habit now, to begin protecting yourself earlier.

8. Reduced risk of dementia

To stay sharp, even as you age, drink tea, as it is thought to lower the risk of dementia by acting through multiple pathways, including those of nerve synapses and blood sugar regulation. A 2011 study also found that tea acts on brain theta waves to improve memory and increase attention span — yet another reason to start drinking tea early in life.

9. Improved overall health markers

Tea drinkers tend to be healthier, which proves true in research too, as tea drinking correlates with better health outcomes.

You can support your health, including your skin and body composition, with as few as 2-3 cups per day of this calorie-free, sugar-free drink, so join this growing health movement and start today exploring the novelty of tea.

Just like wine or coffee, there are countless types, blends, styles, countries of origins and more, all for you to try. I'm sure there is a tea to suit any taste and preference.

So, go. Discover. And enjoy a cup of tea.

 

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Best Essential Oils For Stress Relief!

January 19, 2017

Best Essential Oils for Stress Relief!

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Essential oils have been used for centuries to treat a wide variety of ailments. Before the pharmaceutical industry acquired a stronghold over medicine, plants were one of the only sources of relief from symptoms. Despite centuries of use, scientific studies into these treatments have only recently been conducted, and they often back up the historical claims.

This shouldn’t be surprising, considering that there are 50 million smell receptors that connect to the brain’s limbic system, the area responsible for memory, emotions and even sexual arousal. It may not be coincidental that chronic stress and adrenal fatigue often affect memory, emotions and sexual arousal, and the herbs that work to alleviate the stress seem to promote well-being in these areas. The following herbal essential oils are well-known for the sense of calm they impart on the user, and they are great options for anyone who is adrenally fatigued or suffering from chronic stress.

  1. Lavender
    Lavender is one of the most popular and perhaps best known of the essential oils. It has a calming soapy scent that’s been a favorite for hundreds of years.  One of the most medicinally useful oils, it’s no surprise it’s known as the “universal oil.”  It’s often used for stress relief, short-term memory enhancement, anxiety relief, restlessness, nervousness, and simply to relax. Safe to use topically, the best way to use it is to apply a few drops to the palm of your hand then inhale deeply. Some people like to rub a few drops into their temples. Studies have shown lavender essential oil positively affects hair loss, loss of appetite, nausea and pain, and can also be used as an antiseptic.
  2. Chamomile:  Most people know that chamomile tea is a calming drink. However, many people don’t know that there are two types of chamomile essential oils and they are used for different purposes, although both have some anxiety reducing qualities. The German type is used more for soothing skin ailments, while the Roman type is used more for anxiety, hostility and paranoia. Roman chamomile has a wonderful sweet apple scent.To use, inhale the aroma or put a few drops in bathwater.
  3. Rosemary
    Rosemary essential oil has so many great qualities it’s difficult to focus on just one – it’s used for digestion problems, to stimulate blood circulation, to help treat dandruff, for pain relief, and as a disinfectant. As a stress reliever, rosemary essential oil was shown in a 2007 study to decrease cortisol in the saliva. Excess cortisol has been linked to decreased learning and memory and increased weight gain, as well as blood pressure, cholesterol and heart disease issues. This same study also found that the treatment, which combined inhaling the oils with oil massages, increased the strength of the immune system.
  4. Frankincense
    This herb has been used for thousands of years and is even mentioned in the Bible. It has many medicinal uses, among them the ability to act as a sedative. It has a comforting aroma, and may be used for anxiety, anger and stress. Added benefits include calming respiratory conditions and repairing skin problems. It is also said to enhance introspection and insight. It can be applied to the skin or breathed in.

While some methods of essential oil use are mentioned above, there are a number of other ways to use them: they can be used in a warm compress; drops can be applied to a handkerchief or pillow; or, they can be burned in a diffuser. Essential oils are potent and often blended with other type of vegetable-based oils such as almond or jojoba oil – known as a carrier oil.

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Lemon Essential Oil and Its Many Benefits!

January 18, 2017

Lemon Essential Oil and its MANY Benefits :

The invigorating scent of Lemon essential oil from a true Sicilian lemon revitalizes your mind and lifts your mood. Lemon essential oil contains numerous health benefits and can be used for a variety of purposes on a daily basis, which is why it is one of doTERRA’s most popular essential oils.

The high limonene content found in this essential oil makes it a powerful antioxidant and a cleansing agent. In the ancient world, Egyptians used lemon oil to cleanse their bodies of toxins. It also aids in digestion, supports healthy respiratory function, and provides immune system support, especially during seasonal changes.*

How to Use:

Aromatic

  • Add 2–4 drops to the diffuser of your choice to help boost your mood and improve the scent of the room.
  • Rub 1–2 drops into your palms and inhale to invigorate your mind and body.
  • Pour a couple drops into air vents to fill your house or car with a citrusy aroma.

Internal

  • Add 1–2 drops to baked goods, beverages, or your favorite entrée to create a zesty flavor.
  • Mix a couple drops with raw honey for immune-boosting benefits.*
  • Add a couple drops to warm water with honey to help soothe irritated throat and boost your immune system.*
  • Place a drop on your toothbrush or tongue for fresher breath and a cleaner mouth.

Topical

  • Rub a drop on your hands after being in a public place such as a public bathroom or before pushing shopping carts.
  • Apply to cleanse specific area on the skin.
  • Massage 2–4 drops onto your skin to improve circulation 

Other

  • Rub 1–2 drops to remove gum, oil, grease, sap, or crayon.
  • Combine with water in a spray bottle to clean surfaces.
  • Use to clean silverware and baking dishes.

Interesting Fact

One lemon tree can produce between 500 and 600 pounds of lemons in a year. It takes about 45 lemons to fill up a 15mL bottle.
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Lavender Essential Oil and Its Benefits:

January 17, 2017

Lavender is a wonderful additon to have in your Essential Oil Collection!!!

Lavender is often considered a must-have oil to keep on hand at all times due to its versatile uses, including calming and relaxing properties that promote peaceful sleep and ease feelings of tension.

 

 

Description

Lavender has been used and cherished for centuries for its unmistakable aroma and myriad benefits. In ancient times, the Egyptians and Romans used Lavender for bathing, relaxation, cooking, and as a perfume; it is widely used for its calming and relaxing qualities which continue to be Lavender’s most notable qualities. Lavender is frequently used to reduce the appearance of skin imperfections. Add to bath water to soak away stress or apply to the temples and the back of the neck. Add a few drops of Lavender to pillows, bedding, or bottoms of feet to promote a restful night’s sleep. Due to Lavender’s versatile properties, it is considered the must-have oil to have on hand at all times.

Uses

  • Add a few drops of Lavender to pillows, bedding, or bottoms of feet at bedtime.
  • Keep a bottle of Lavender on hand to soothe occasional skin irritations.
  • Freshen your linen closet, mattress, car, or the air by combining Lavender with water in a spray bottle.
  • Take internally to reduce anxious feelings.*
  • Use in cooking to soften citrus flavors and add a flavorful twist to marinades, baked goods, and desserts.

Directions for Use

Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity. See additional precautions below.

Primary Benefits

  • Soothes occasional skin irritations
  • Taken internally, Lavender reduces anxious feeling and promotes peaceful sleep*
  • Helps ease feelings of tension.*

This is a wonderful additon to have in your Essential Oil Collection.  This item can be purchased at www.MyDoterra.com/GypsyMoon (see the "Buy or Sell Essential Oil link at top of page) 

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Wild Orange Essential Oil Benefits~

January 6, 2017

Wild Orange is one of DoTerra's Top Selling Oils!

Cold pressed from the peel, Wild Orange is one of doTERRA’s top selling essential oils due to its energizing aroma and multiple health benefits.* High in monoterpenes, Wild Orange possesses stimulating and purifying qualities, making it ideal to support healthy immune system function when seasonal threats are high.* As with many citrus peel oils, Wild Orange contains powerful antioxidants that help maintain overall health.* It can be taken daily to cleanse the body* or used on surfaces as a natural cleaner. Diffusing Wild Orange will energize and uplift the mind and body while purifying the air. Wild Orange enhances any essential oil blend with a fresh, sweet, refreshing aroma.

Uses

  • Use in an all-purpose spray to cleanse and purify surfaces.
  • Add a drop to your water every day for a burst of flavor and to promote overall health.*
  • Diffuse to uplift mood and energy levels and to freshen the air.
  • For an energizing boost, dispense one to two drops in the palm of your hand along with equal parts Peppermint and Frankincense. Rub palms together and inhale deeply from palms, then rub on the back of neck

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